Executive Protection Agent's Training Course
Duration: 120 Hours
COURSE PREREQUISITES: All Executive/Dignitary Protection courses
are restricted to regular and reserve law enforcement officers, federal agents,
military personnel and qualified civilian security professionals and others who
can successfully pass a background check. All ITG® training courses
are dynamic and are not limited to classroom exercises. Each attendee must be
physically capable of jogging short distances and able to perform the strenuous
exercises common in tactical and protective operations.
INTRODUCTION TO PROTECTIVE SERVICES - (1.5 hour lecture/discussion)
Introduction to the field of executive protection. Protection is provided
against assassination, kidnapping, injury and/or embarrassment primarily through
pro-active measures with emphasis placed on prevention. Concepts pertaining to
Attack on Principal (AOP) Drills and the doctrine of Cover and Evacuate
INTRODUCTION TO PROTECTIVE SERVICES WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT - (1.5
Students are exposed to the various kinds of weapons and equipment used by
executive protection agents. Discussion centers on appropriate wear and use of
this equipment relative to the executive protection environment.
PROTOCOL AND ETIQUETTE - (1.5 hour lecture/discussion)
Protocol and etiquette as it relates to and impacts personal protective
operations, especially those conducted in a diplomatic environment discussed in
THREAT ASSESSMENT - (2 hour lecture/discussion)
An introduction to various kinds of potential threats and motivating factors,
threat information collection and identification of various sources of
information, is given. A discussion of how this information can be utilized when
structuring the protective detail or responding to changing circumstances will
PROTECTIVE SERVICES UNARMED COMBAT TECHNIQUES - (6.5 hour
demonstration and practice)
Instruction and practice on techniques certified by Compliance Direction
Takedown® (CDT®) – the world’s only trademarked and patent
pending non-deadly force system. The CDT® system is specifically
designed to help reduce a person’s civil and criminal liabilities in the event
they must use justifiable force in a situation to protect oneself or another
party. Considered the most appropriate system for executive protection agents in
the world today, individual certification is provided to each student.
ADVANCE OPERATIONS - (7 hour lecture/discussion)
Exposure to a myriad of advance techniques designed to give them the widest
possible spectrum of ability. Information pertaining to advancing locations such
as hotels, meeting rooms, restaurants, airports and other areas presented.
Development of site specific security and contingency plans discussed. Actual
locations frequented by the principal used for the practical exercise.
FORMATIONS (DISMOUNTED & MOUNTED) - (4 hour lecture/discussion; 12
hour practical exercise)
Dismounted and mounted formations identified. AOP Drill for response to hand
grenades provided. Roles and responsibilities discussed in detail. Special
situations, such as entering buildings, working fence lines and mounting and
dismounting of vehicles presented. AOP Drills practiced from various formations.
Attack recognition case studies explored and discussed.
SECURITY POST OPERATIONS (COMMAND, ESTATE, RESIDENCE & OFFICE) - (4
The duties and responsibilities of a protective agent assigned to various
security post positions will be outlined and discussed. The role of various
security posts in protective operations and recommended equipment will be
identified. Various scenarios that may develop, and appropriate responses to
them, will be discussed.
IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICES - (3 hour lecture/discussion)
Characteristics of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) provided. Role of
Explosive Ordinance Disposal Teams and Explosive Detection Dog Teams identified
and discussed. Mail handling procedures and letter and parcel bomb recognition
BUILDING & VEHICLE SEARCH PROCEDURES - (2 hour lecture/discussion;
2 hour practical exercise)
Effective methodology for searching buildings and vehicles for the presence of
IED taught. Field expedient methods and equipment identified. Specific
procedures for dealing with suspect items presented and discussed. Coordination
and reporting to law enforcement authorities discussed. Students participate in
a practical exercise involving the search of vehicles and buildings.
OPERATIONAL MEDICAL RESPONSE - (8 hour lecture/discussion with
Exposure to the dynamics of treating injuries that can be expected from an
attack on a principal, including methodology to be used in the event that the
protective team is still engaged in a confrontation when the need arises to
provide first responder support to their principal or other teammates. Training
begins with familiarization of basic First Aid treatments, Adult
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation and Automated External Defibrillators and
culminates in practical exercises that start with simulated AOP drills and
include providing the first responder medical support as required by the
MOTORCADE OPERATIONS - (1 hour lecture/discussion; 4 hour practical
Organization of motorcade formations discussed. Roles and responsibilities of
agents identified. Methods for driving in motorcades and completing non-threat
driving maneuvers such as turning corners, changing lanes, three point turns and
merging identified. Practical exercise emphasizes coordination and teamwork.
VEHICLE DYNAMICS - (6 hour lecture/discussion with practical
Exposure to various aspects of vehicle dynamics in preparation for learning
protective and evasive driving skills. Learning how a vehicle communicates,
proper driving form and where to look are fundamental building blocks for
advanced driving skill sets in the protective environment.
MOTORCADE ATTACK ON PRINCIPAL DRILLS - (8 hour lecture/discussion;
8.5 hours practice)
Students are exposed to the value of a vehicle as both a defensive and offensive
weapon. Attack on Principals Drills utilized by protective teams in single
vehicle and motorcade configurations will be briefed and the dynamics associated
with motorcade ambush will be discussed. Historical motorcade attacks (both
effective and ineffective) will be reviewed. Students will practice specific AOP
responses including: Forward & Reverse180s, Reverse Out, Drive Through, Push
Out, Precision Intervention Technique, Vehicle Ramming and Cover & Evacuate.
FORCE ON FORCE SCENARIOS - (7 hour practical exercises)
Students are given opportunity to be involved in various force on force training
scenarios utilizing UTM® ammunition as additional AOP drills are
practiced from both the dismounted formation and motorcade configurations.
FINAL PRACTICAL EXERCISE - (24 hour practical exercise; 2 hour
The student will participate in the advance work, planning and execution phases
of a protective operation for a scenario based protective mission. Presented
with basic threat information, a fixed resource base, a biographical sketch of a
principal and an itinerary, the students will conduct all activity required to
support the principal throughout the execution phase of the itinerary. A formal
briefing will be prepared and delivered by the student team and the protective
operation will be conducted in the public environment.
EMERGING TACTICS, TECHNIQUES & PROCEDURES - (1 hour
Familiarization with the most current and relevant terrorist tactics utilized at
the time of the course. Both effective and ineffective counter measures will be
discussed relative to executive protection assignments.
NETWORKING FOR EXECUTIVE PROTECTION PROFESSIONALS - (1 hour
Information relative to networking within the industry and résumé development
will be presented and discussed. Emphasis is placed on professional ethics in
both the protection field and the business community in which agents are
FINAL EXAMINATION - (2 hour examination/critique)
The student will be tested by academic examination that will cover all subjects
addressed during the course of this training. Critique and review of the
examination will be conducted in order to aid in the learning process.
GRADUATION CEREMONY - (.5 hour)
Graduation and certifications are issued to successfully graduating students and
a class photograph is taken.